Asbestos hits start of term at primary school

A primary school has been forced to delay the start of the new school year after asbestos was discovered during maintenance work.

A primary school has been forced to delay the start of the new school year after asbestos was discovered during maintenance work.

Tradesmen working at Ryders Hayes School, in Pelsall, disturbed the potentially-harmful asbestos during the school holidays.

Parts of the Gilpin Crescent school have been quarantined following surveys by asbestos specialists, who were called in immediately.

A phased decontamination process has begun.

Headteacher Joanne Speller today said: “It is a great relief that children and staff were not in the building at the time the asbestos was disturbed.

“I am also impressed by the swift action of our site manager, who immediately sought the support of the property services team at Walsall Council when he became aware of the problem.

“Working together, the school and council quickly ensured the contamination was contained and called in specialist services to deal with the issue.”

An action plan has been drawn up and pupils are expected to start next week. The nursery will reopen on September 24.